For New York State Assembly
Peter Hatzipetros, a 32-year Native of Howard Beach, is running for New York State Assembly to Represent the 23rd District of Queens.
As a former criminal defense attorney, Peter understands the fear and concerns across our communities as the crime rate throughout New York continues to increase as a direct result of the dangerously ill-conceived “Bail Elimination Act of 2019.” This poorly crafted piece of legislation jeopardizes the health, safety and well-being of communities across the State. The removal of the cash bail system is just one of many examples demonstrating the arrogance and apathy of the New York’s current lawmakers. It is clear that the public servants of the New York legislature have completely disregarded the public who elected them into office. Since the passing of the new law, crime in New York has increased by 21% year to date compared to this time in 2019. Even more troubling, however, is the reality that law-abiding citizens of our New York communities aren’t the only collateral damage of this disastrous bail reform law- as the brave men and women of the New York Police Department have been directly impacted by these laws as well.
For State Senate District #13
Born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, Jesus Gonzalez has been living in the 13th Senate District over the past ten years. Jesus has witnessed the struggles of many people had faced with on daily basis in the community. Jesus has identified the struggles of job loss, regulations on small business (including fines and penalties, over crowded hospitals, and overcrowded schools). Jesus has made a pledge to support all local merchants on Roosevelt Avenue (and throughout the district) to help improve business, and make our streets safer.
At the age of 16, (while attending high school) Jesus started serving his community in Cayey, Puerto. As the youngest volunteer fire fighter on the Island, he worked every day after school (including holidays & weekends).
He attended emergency medical technician courses; including volunteering with the national civil defense organization, where he trained for terrorism preparedness with the Puerto Rico Government. Jesus also served as Coordinator of the Home Land Security program in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and served as Instructor for the Puerto Rico Fire Academy.
For State Assembly District 26
I grew up and received my public school education right here in the 26th District. My family flower shop, Flowers By Peter, has been servicing the community for over fifty years. It’s there that I learned firsthand the impact that public service and local legislation have on the working class people of New York. After high school I was blessed enough to receive several scholarships and to be granted the Artistic Leadership Award for Community Service. This allowed me to attend the University of Michigan for my undergraduate education and George Washington University for my Masters. After my schooling I became a member of the professional stage actors union and primarily worked on Shakespeare productions and educational theatre. The theater business by its own nature is very collaborative (much like legislating); I was fortunate to learn not only how to work well under pressure and in the public eye, but other valuable lessons on compromise and adaptability. These are the qualities I want to bring to Albany. Currently, I make a living as a theater and humanities professor here in Queens as well as a researcher and writer.
For New York State Senate District #11
I am a lifelong resident of Flushing, NY. I am an entrepreneur and former business owner, mortgage banker and currently am a licensed real estate sales person. I am also a political activist and have spent years and countless hours fighting the embedded political machine for our rights and our freedoms. Our schools are not safe, and our streets and homes are now far less safe due to the disastrous Bail Elimination Act that was co-sponsored by incumbent John Liu.
Our state needs to do much more to empower our kids with better education and better after-school opportunities and we must expand access to Charter Schools. We need additional resources for the protection and advocacy for battered women. We need tax and regulation relief for small business. But mostly, residents of Queens District 11 need a forceful advocate for the middle class to go to Albany and fight the corrupt regime of Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo and his minions on the Democratic tickets across this state are bankrupting New York, making New York more dangerous by the day, and driving working people out of New York State for good.
arlos Santiago-Cano grew up in Flushing, Queens, NY. He has been a resident of the 12th Congressional District for 13 years. Carlos is a proud graduate of the New York City Public school system; having attended Elementary School, Junior High School and High School all in Public School. After High School Carlos attended CUNY (City University of New York) and graduated from Kingsborough Community College, then Baruch College which is also located in the 12th Congressional District
Carlos is an Entrepreneur and small business owner. In 2012 he started a Real Estate and Property Management company which he still has to this date and operates with his sister. The company mainly does business in Astoria, Queens; Upper East Side, Midtown East, Gramercy Park and East Village (all areas which cover the 12th Congressional District. Carlos has a passion and connection to the district.
For State Assembly District 38
Born and raised in Ridgewood, NY Giovanni Perna is a first generation American whose family emigrated
from Italy. Raised in a household with three brothers, Giovanni has been a part of his community and district for 24 years. He went to school at P.S 68, I.S 77, and Grover Cleveland High School. He is the first in his family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Law from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
After graduating, Giovanni has worked in Albany for Assemblyman Peter D. Lopez for the 2017 legislation session. While being mentored by Mr. Peter Lopez, a knowledgeable and great person, Giovanni attended numerous committees, task force, and constituent meetings about proposed legislation/bills. He has also participated and help address district issues such as flood recovery, jobs, schools, businesses, public transportation, and drug epidemic.
Giovanni has aspirations of following up in the political field, in hope of making changes for a better and safer New York City, and State. Giovanni intends to uplift his community and pave the way for the future. With that being said, his first step is to run for Assembly to represent and build the neighborhood, community, and district.